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Title: The Ethics of Being a Medical Student


1
The Ethics of Being a Medical Student
  • Walter S. Davis, MD
  • Center for Biomedical Ethics
  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

2
What kinds of issues are we talking about?
  • Issues related to role and status as a student
  • Patient care and procedures issues
  • Evaluation (grading) issues
  • Issues related to professional and personal
    relationships

3
Ethical issues related to role and status as a
student
  • Identification and consent
  • Continuity of care, structure of medical
    education
  • Providing information to patients
  • Bedside teaching and roundsmanship

4
Ethical issues related to patient care and
procedures
  • Dealing with a patients refusal to allow care by
    a student
  • Practicing procedures on fellow students
  • Practicing procedures on dead or incapacitated
    patients
  • Personal moral convictions and professional
    requirements

5
Ethical issues in evaluation and grading
  • Fear that a refusal to participate in some aspect
    of clinical practice will result in a poor grade
    or evaluation
  • Meeting quotas for procedures and clinical
    activities
  • The role of personality and style in clinical
    performance

6
Ethical issues in professional and personal
relationships
  • Sexual harassment and exploitation
  • Racial, ethnic, religious, gender issues
  • Abuse of the supervisory or educational role
  • Confidentiality
  • Observation or knowledge of unethical or illegal
    behavior by superiors or fellow students
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